Classic Wagon: 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

In 1976, Chevrolet buyers were still going for the station wagons. While 1976 Chevrolet full-size wagons sold 72,819, the intermediate total was almost half that at 40,086. But this was a good size for the times. Here is a 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic Station Wagon for sale here on Craigslist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thanks to Barnfinds reader Rocco B. for bringing this car to our attention.

While Chevrolet full-size wagons had the clamshell tailgate in this era, the intermediates went with a much simpler one-piece hatch type tailgate with a non-opening rear window. Since this wagon does not have the swing out rear quarter windows, it’s most likely a two-seater instead of a three-seater wagon (three-seaters have the window standard).  The car appears to have a good body with no dents, dings, or rust. This one comes with roof luggage rack.

The interior appears to be in good condition. The seats have probably been reupholstered at some point because that is not the pattern found on any Malibu wagons from 1976. The air conditioner works and blows cold air. A dash cover protects the dash from the sun.

There is no picture of the engine, which is most likely a 350 cubic inch V-8. Three choices were available for 1976: a standard 350 CID 2 barrel, or an optional 350 CID 4 barrel or 400 CID 4 barrel. The seller does not state what the mileage is. The car has new tires. The asking price is $3,999. If you’re looking for a classic, such as this Malibu Classic, to enjoy and occasionally haul a few things, this may be the car for you.

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Comments

  1. Jack M.

    I haven’t seen one of these wagons on the road in ages. Nice practical size. Price seems fair if everything checks out okay.

    Like 7
  2. Chebby Staff

    Nice shape but Good God that is homely.

    Like 13
  3. Fordfan

    Ok I’ll. Say it the dash pad doesn’t protect the dash pad from the sun, it projects your eyes from seeing all the cracks

    Like 9
  4. cynthia Burdick

    We own a 1976 2 door Malibu classic with the original 400 engine . Gm didnt put 400.9 engine in cars after 1976. They built the last malibu in Sept . We have one of the last off the line.

    Like 3
  5. Len

    I bought one like this, in blue, while stationed in Rome NY. It was s 76, sold it 13 years later. Just a solid, dependable ride.

    Like 4
  6. local_sheriff

    Last time I saw any of these wagons was when in high school, neighbor of a schoolmate drove him to school in it. That is 25 years ago, and it looked fairly beaten even then.

    It’s kinda sad these are so completely overshadowed by the next generation G-body. I think these have a very pleasant classic Grisvolds look to it.Compared to the 72-down A and 78-88 G cars it seems these would be rather hard to find any replacement parts for except mechanicals, leaving a prospective owner to prowl boneyards to turn it into a nice ride…

    This one actually looks to be a fair and most important complete unmolested vehicle. Even the hub caps are present, I wouldn’t mind driving this one home for Christmas holidays!

    Like 5
  7. CanuckCarGuy

    I forgot these even existed… I actually like it, especially the colour as it’s unique to the era. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have considered this car, but now it’s something I would seriously look at were it not for the distance. A clean and refresh inside, with some Corvette rally wheels installed and this would be a sharp cruiser.

    Like 5
  8. Dave Suton

    We had a 75 Malibu Classic wagon like this one. Wood side paneling. 400 engine. It was a 2 seat wagon, and we did have the rear quarter pop out windows on it. Great memories in that car.

    Like 3
  9. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

    Decent wagon for the price that would make a good daily driver. I never liked the square stacked headlights from this era; a really unattractive design in my opinion. The tailgate is so plain and un-inspired it’s just a step up from a piece of plywood. Depending on the engine, it could be modified to perform without too much money and would make for an interesting sleeper. Not for me but I’m sure someone will like it.

    Like 1
  10. Vance

    By 1976, we were well on our way to blase uninspired vehicle design. Compared to what was offered a decade earlier, Detroit gave us designs like this. Even the color is boring. Make way for avocado green and harvest gold appliances.

    Like 3
  11. Miguel

    It always bothered me the tail lights were so far down in the bumper, just like the El Caminos.

    I think the lights need to be at eye level at least.

    Like 2

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